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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF3402

Maker

Maker possibly by Holmes Weaver, American, 1769 - 1848, active 1796–1848

Dimensions

Height: 69.215 cm (27 1/4 in.); Width, closed: 47.625 cm (18 3/4 in.); Width, open: 87.63 cm (34 1/2 in.); Depth: 86.36 cm (34 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Sabicu and lightwood inlay (primary); cherry (backings of rails, diagonal brace, proper-right kick bar, and drawer front, sides, and back); pine (drawer bottom and drawer stops)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Possible "WH," incised on exterior drawer bottom; "I," incised on inside of proper-left rear leg and on top of adjacent rail; "II," incised on inside of proper-left front leg and on top of adjacent rail; "III," incised on inside of proper-right rear leg and on top of adjacent rail; "3," in graphite, on interior of proper-right stationary rail and on interior of rear rail

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Dr. Dowling, Glen Falls, New York, before 2003. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, New York, 2003 and 2014

Associated names

Dr. Dowling
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The single-board oblong rectangular square-edged top is joined to its rectangular leaves by four pairs of wrought-iron hinges, set somewhat inward from the legs; each leaf is thrice-screwed. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The top is secured to its frame by multiple screwpockets – inside the short drawer-less rail (with three that are later), in the underside of the rail above the drawer, and in the outside faces of the exterior long rails. It is also secured by a diagonal transverse batten set into grooves in the interior long rails and screwed into the underside of the top, and by a straight transverse batten, rabbeted and screwed into the top at the ends where it fits into grooves in the long rails. There are shallow notches cut out of the tops of the long rails at each pair of hinges. The interior and exterior long rails are joined by brads. An orthogonal transverse batten, rabbeted to fit around the drawer supports, is set into notches in and nailed to the bottom of the interior long rails. A possibly later portion of one exterior long rail beside a round, five-knuckled carved wood hinge is fixed to its inner rail with countersunk screws. Each hinge enables a trapezoidal drawer support with a carved-out finger hole and a neighboring carved-out hand-hole to swing. The short rail opposite the drawer rail is in two parts; the lower portion is nailed on with brads through its underside. The rails are tenoned to the tops of the legs without visible wood pins. The drawer rests on supports nailed to the bottoms of the interior long rail with brads. On the tops of the rails are tip bars also nailed with brads; there are two stops nailed with brads. The top of the line-inlaid, kerf-marked drawer front is nearly flush with the top of its flat-topped sides, which it meets in dovetail joints having narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The three-board drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front and chamfered at the front and sides, fitting into grooves in the drawer front and the full-depth drawer sides. The back of the drawer bottom is fixed with a variety of nails to the drawer back. The outside rear corners of the drawer and the outside edge of the drawer-side tops are slightly chamfered. The tops of the legs are inlaid with stylized urns; the tapering legs are inlaid on their outside faces only, and the side of the legs, hidden by the leaves, lack the interwoven line inlay. At front?s outside face is an inlaid four-sided reserve centering a tulip flower. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 31, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2017), vol. 13, p. 25.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 181, no. 2 (March / April 2014): 1, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 402n2.